Akwaaba to Ghana! After a productive service trip to Ghana in December, 2012, Meredith will return to Accra in 2015. This trip will include Meredith students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumnae and family and friends, ages 18 and up. Come experience Ghanaian culture in a truly unique manner and make a real difference. In December, 2012, ten volunteers worked at the Beacon House orphanage leading a literacy program for the children, planting fruit trees on the property, and partnering with the NC State Department of Poultry Science had a chicken house built providing eggs for the children and an egg layer business for the orphanage. For our Ghana, 2015 we will expand our volunteer services to the orphanage’s village of Bawaleshie.
The aim of the program in Ghana is to help the Bawaleshie community by providing resources – educational, business consulting, construction, offering supplies, etc. - that they lack in a way that will provide a meaningful and lasting impact. We also hope to increase the mutual understanding and strengthen the friendship between the people of Ghana and the people of the United States.
Special skills are not required to participate in this service trip. One of the mottos for this trip will be, “What Skills and Resources Can We Leave Behind?” For our projects we will teach and provide resources that the villagers can build upon in the years ahead. Project assignments will be based on a combination of volunteer interest, community needs, available space, and program logistics. All participants will attend an orientation session at Meredith in February, 2015 to facilitate project planning; some of the projects will require additional training. Examples of the service we hope to offer are:
The city of Accra, the capitol and largest city of Ghana with an estimated urban population of 2.3 million, is divided into four geographical regions - North, West, East, and Central. The village of Bawaleshie where we will focus our volunteer efforts is located in a hilly area of Accra North. In Bawaleshie there is a University (Valley View), a Christian College, two Senior High schools, a number of basic schools, a District Hospital and clinics, NGOs offering various services, and another orphanage which is very near the Beacon House property. For those who work with farmers, there are many mango farms and other crops in the area. The economy primarily consists of individuals selling various types of wares in the marketplace, including beads makers, chop bar (local restaurant) operators, small scale shop keepers, and palm wine sellers.
While working in Bawaleshie, we will be staying ten minutes away at the Forest Hotel Dodowa, and for our two nights in Cape Coast we will be staying at the beach front Coconut Grove Hotel. The rooms in both hotels have bathrooms, showers (be aware that hot water may not always be available), air conditioning and comfortable beds. Amenities include:
Excursion to Cape Coast and Elmina
PANAFEST (http://www.panafest.us) is a biennial festival promoting Pan Africanism through Arts and Culture that is held every two years in Ghana and will be going on during our trip. We will travel to Cape Coast for Panafest, and there will be opportunities to tour the slave castle of Elmina, take an adventurous canopy walk in Kakum National Forest, and everyone will enjoy shopping and a day at the beach.
Deadline to sign up: December 1, 2014.
Cost: Current approximate cost is $2000 per person, excluding airfare. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own airline tickets. Single supplement: $300/person.
Cost includes: Collaborative service projects in Bawaleshie; all accommodations; all breakfast, lunches and dinners; local transportation throughout the program; most tools and materials needed for service projects; bottled water at work sites; full itinerary of cultural highlights including excursion to Cape Coast and tour gratuities.
Orientation and Training: Saturday, February 21, 2015 OR Saturday, February 28. Please join us for one of these orientation sessions. We will meet at Meredith College in the Jones Chapel Common Room 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. where you will learn about all pertinent trip details, our program partners, and our projects. If you would like to be trained in the Motheread literacy program to lead with adults in Bawaleshie or children at the orphanage or local schools, the mandatory training will be held both orientation sessions from 4:30-5:30pm. Please email Stacy Pardue (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for one of the Motheread trainings. If you are coming from out of town for orientation, suggested accommodation is The Courtyard Marriott, five minutes from the Meredith campus. There will also be one other mandatory orientation session for Meredith students, and recommended session for all other participants offered by the Meredith International Programs Office. The date for this session will be set by October, 2014.
Please mail your completed application to Rev. Stacy Pardue, Chaplain, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Stacy Pardue, Chaplain
Phone: (919) 760-8346
Jones Chapel Reservations
Phone: (919) 760-8533